An nice discussion of Enlightenment principles connecting science and demomcracy

thomas jefferson by Tony the Misfit

Democracy and Science: An Enduring Lineage
[Via AAAS News – RSS Feed]

Francesca Grifo: The Long, Complex Relationship Between Science and U.S. Democracy

In the annual Barnard Environmental Lecture at AAAS, Francesa Grifo explored how the scientific values of free-thinking and transparency also lie at the heart of U.S. democracy.


Our Founding Fathers, deep in the first blush of the Enlightenment, were tremendously cognizant of the importance of scientific free-thinking to master a democracy. Sscience continues to be imbedded in all we do.

Becasue we are all scientists.  We just need to do abetter job integrating our science with our policies.